Things to do in Essex: Firstsite

Housed in a spectacular golden building designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, Firstsite is both a gallery and community hub

Firstsite is a visual arts organisation based in Colchester, Essex, which opened in 2011. It was the national Art Fund’s Museum of the Year in 2021.

Firstsite is the East of England’s contemporary visual arts organisation where you can experience the most exciting developments in contemporary art, and explore the rich artistic legacy cultivated by the East of England’s unique landscape and character.

Open all year – with free admission and a vibrant programme of exhibitions, films, workshops and events to spark your imagination, alongside a café and shop, Firstsite is for everyone.

There are also no ‘right answers’ in art – you don’t have to ‘get it’ to enjoy it, just come in, take it in and explore your reactions.

Chatting is encouraged at Firstsite – it’s OK to talk and make some noise!

Taking time to experience art can bring huge benefits to your health and wellbeing, spark your imagination and give you a new perspective.

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Address: Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH

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